Cal State-Fullerton Titans (1-0) at UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos (3-3)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Thunderdome)
The Line: UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos -15.5 -- Over/Under: 138.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Cal State Fullerton Titans and the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos meet Saturday in college basketball action from UCSB Events Center.
Cal State Fullerton is sitting at 1-1 this year. As for UC Santa Barbara, they’re currently 5-3 so far. This will be a rematch of Friday’s game featuring these teams. In that one, UC Santa Barbara cruised to an 18-point victory. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Cal State Fullerton kicked off the season with a solid 94-70 victory over San Diego Christian College on December 13. Leading the way for the Titans in that one was Wayne Arnold with 19 points, four rebounds and four assists. Both Tory San Antonio and Jalen Harris notched 13 points apiece there as well.
In Friday’s game, the Titans hung around pretty well in the first half, but didn’t get any closer in the second half on the way to an 81-63 loss. Leading the Titans in scoring in that one was Tray Maddox with 27 points, one rebound, two assists and 5-of-8 on 3-point shooting.
Over on the UC Santa Barbara side, they’ve spent much more time on the court this season. The Gauchos opened up with three straight wins over St. Katherine, Bethesda and LMU, but went 1-3 in four outings afterward. Those losses came courtesy of LMU and UC Irvine.
On Friday, the Gauchos didn’t have much trouble with Cal State Fullerton, and had four players in double-figures scoring. Tops on the team was Ajare Sanni, who nailed 3-of-3 3-pointers on the way to 19 points, five assists and four rebounds.
The Gauchos are 2-4 ATS in their last six games as a favorite and 3-6 ATS in their last nine games overall. The Gauchos are 5-1 ATS in their last six versus a team with a winning straight-up record and the under is 39-18-1 in their last 57 home games.
Meanwhile, the Titans are 1-4 ATS in their last five Saturday games and the over is 6-0 in their last six Saturday games. Cal State Fullerton is 2-6 ATS in their last eight games overall and 12-27 ATS in their last 39 as an underdog.
PICK: I’m going to stick with the Gauchos here. UC Santa Barbara has put up some pretty good offensive performances this season, even in their losses. The Gauchos had hit 69 or more points in six of seven outings heading into Friday’s matchup, In that game, UC Santa Barbara kept it going with 50 second-half points and a nice performance overall. I like the Gauchos to have another good game in this one.